CHANGING WORLD • • Method 2 - Commenting on a text & a photo

Stage 1 - Introduction: presenting the documents
Similarities: Both documents deal with sustainable development in the Pacific islands, so on a regional scale, in several developing countries.
Differences: The 1st document is an article about challenged developing small islands by John Vidal and published in The Guardian on the 3rd march 2017. The 2nd document are two photos of Ikurangi eco retreat in the Cook Islands by Louise Southerden and published in Traveller on the 1st October 2018.
Announce structure: In a 1st part I’ll focus on Pacific islands problems & in a second part I’ll analyse their solutions.

Stage 2 - Analysing the documents

DESCRIBING - What you see (docs)
INTERPRETING - What you know (notions)
1.Problems: Pacific islands can’t achieve SD (article §1)

Article P1 Problems to achieve SD: Pacific islands are too small and too exposed to climate change
+ Moreover/Besides, their population is increasing and their resources are decreasing

Climate change (def)
+ demographic transition (def)
& pressure on resources (def)
=> Unsustainable dvpt (def)

2. Solutions: But they are doing their best (article §2 & photo)

Report P2 gives solutions: Pacific islands decided to protect the ocean and, for some of them, to use wind and solar energy.
Photo shows another solution:
the Cook islands set up an eco retreat : large comfortable tent in green nature next to a beautiful beach.

Energy transition (def)
+ sustainable tourism (def)
=> Sustainable development (def)

Stage 3 - Concluding
Assess docs (reliable/biased justified): To conclude, these documents are reliable as we have their full references ; the 1st one is unbiased as we can't see the author's opinion (it is balanced: both + & -) whereas the 2nd one is biased as we can see the author’s opinion (admiration).
Sum-up ideas These docs show that despite the many issues facing the Pacific islands they are doing their best to achieve sustainable development.
+ Open
We may wonder if larger developed island like the UK, Japan, Australia or New Zealand have achieved sustainable development.